F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

I would give anything if I hadn’t had to write Part III of Tender (Tender is the Night) entirely on stimulant (alcohol). If I had one more crack at it cold sober I believe it might have made a great difference.

In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day.

When you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.

Anthony tried to imagine himself in congress rooting around the litter of that incredible pigsty with the narrow and precise brows he saw pictured sometimes in the rotogravure sections of the Sunday newspapers, those glorified proletarians babbling blandly to the nation the ideas of high-school seniors! Little men with copy-bookambitions who by mediocrity had thought […]

Before he was summoned back to Lake Geneva, he had appeared, shy but inwardly glowing, in his first long trousers, set off by a purple accordion tie and a “Belmont” collar with the edges unassailably meeting, purple socks, and handkerchief with a purple border peeping from his breast pocket. But more than that, he had […]

Boredom is not an end product, is comparatively rather an early stage in life and art. You’ve got to go by or past or through boredom, as through a filter, before the clear product emerges.

Then the postman rang, and that day I quit work and ran along the streets, stopping automobiles to tell friends and acquaintances about it – my novel This Side of Paradise was accepted for publication. That week the postman rang and rang, and I paid off my terrible small debts, bought a suit, and woke […]

If all your clothes are worn to the same state, it means you go out too much.

America is composed not of two sorts of people but of two frames of mind: the first engaged in doing what it would like to do, the second pretending that such things do not exist.

There are no second acts in American lives.